New Delhi: YES Foundation, the social development arm of YES Bank, has enabled over 550 high potential youth to emerge as changemakers across India through its flagship program.
The Media for Social Change Fellowship 2018, supported by YES BANK and in association with ISDI-WPP School of Communication develops socially youth conscious leadership.
In its earlier two editions, the program supported the transformation of 258 students into socially conscious youth leaders.
“This year, the program has nurtured over 550 fellows chosen from 7,700 applicants across 535 locations in India, through a rigorous multi-stage selection process,” YES Foundation said in a statement.
The high potential fellows have been placed in 101 credible NGOs across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Pune, where they well-defined communication projects during their seven-week long NGO placement.
The final Delhi cohort witnessed 300 high-potential fellows, the largest amongst all five cities. NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh felicitated 300 fellows at Media for Social Change Fellowship’s Delhi cohort.
During induction, graduates undergo intensive training and mentoring by experts in leadership, communication, social media and orientation in development sector.
This results in substantial personal development through immersive exposure to NGOs and social causes.
NGO partners who hosted Fellows during tenure of the placement include Tata Trusts, HelpAge India, Save the Children, Magic Bus, amongst several others.
Speaking about the fellowship program, YES Foundation Chief Mentor and Co-Chairman Rana Kapoor said that India’s inclusive development necessitates harnessing the incredible positive energy of the nation’s youth.
“The country faces great development challenges, but inherent in these challenges are significant opportunities for the Indian youth to exercise their creativity, develop solutions and make a good impact,” he said.
Echoing views, YES Foundation CEO Prerana Langa said the fellow program empowers youth to emerge as strong social leaders, while providing communication and volunteering resources to strengthen the development sector.
“We are delighted to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the youth and are certain that they have added value to NGOs to amplify their social impact.” she added.
YES Foundation had launched the Fellowship in 2016 as an important stepping stone towards professional careers.
This edition saw participation from students pursuing engineering, arts, architecture, finance, medicine among other professional courses.